WASHINGTON – One of the last people to see Chandra Levy before she disappeared said Thursday the young woman was upbeat and gave every indication she was returning to her family in California.
"She was not disoriented. She was very much the same person I knew," said the man, who works in the membership department of the health club where Levy worked out. The man discussed his final encounter with Levy on ABC's Good Morning America on condition he not be identified by name.
Levy, a 24-year-old former federal intern, visited the health club on the evening of April 30 to cancel her membership and has not been seen since, authorities say. However, she spent considerable time the following day using the computer in her apartment.
The man at the health club said Levy came to see him and said, "I'm not going to use my membership. I'm going home."
He said he told Levy she could transfer her membership to a club in her home town of Modesto, Calif. Asked if he had any doubt she was going home, the man said, "Absolutely not. She was very clear why she was leaving."
He said he and Levy talked often. I saw her almost every day," he said. "She worked out every evening. She was very friendly. ... We talked casually. ... She was very upbeat, very private."
Levy never returned home and her father, Dr. Robert Levy, said Wednesday: "Let's just hope we can have a happy outcome. I don't know if that's possible. We hope."
Police officers and recruits spent another day searching for Levy on Wednesday and planned more searches Thursday.
Investigators also continued to pore over a lie detector test taken by Rep. Gary Condit, D-Calif., who has told police he and Levy were lovers, according to a police source. Abbe Lowell, Condit's lawyer, arranged the test, which was administered by a private expert, and said it showed Condit honestly answered that he had no knowledge of or involvement in Levy's disappearance.
Also, police have yet to receive the FBI laboratory analysis of items taken from Condit's Washington apartment during a search last week, Executive Assistant Police Chief Terrance Gainer said Wednesday. The items, including a miniblind, are being tested for blood and other organic substances, law enforcement sources have said.
Police do not consider Condit a suspect in Levy's disappearance, which is being treated as a missing person case, not a crime. But they would like Condit to take a lie detector test administered by an FBI polygraph expert because they want to ask him more about his relationship with Levy and what he knows of her state of mind at the time she disappeared, Police Chief Charles Ramsey has said.